(1) Moldovan,John (1814) - Mann,Ted (1652) [D35]
New Year's Eve Quad Mountainside, NJ (1), 31.12.2010
[Moldovan & Fire 1.31]

G/30+10 (delay) D35 Queen's Gambit Exchange Variation

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6
Something new from my opponent. [In the past he's tried 3...c6 ; 3...dxc4 ; 3...Nc6 ; & 3...Bf5 ]

4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nc3 Nc6
This move is inferior because: - It slows Black's only lever action (...c7-c5) - It fails to reinforce d5 (a P on c6 would do so) - It limits Black's Q by denying her an outlet on the d8-a5 diagonal - The Nc6 could become a minority attack target.

6.Bg5 Be7
[For 6...Bb4 see my ongoing game with Gresham.]

[For 7.Qc2 see my draw vs. Seyffarth (Scotch Plains simul #1, 09/13/2009).]

7...h6 8.Bh4
[8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.Qb3 would have joined my game against Thomas Burke (STC Gauntlet, U.S. Chess Live 08/08/2005; 1-0, unpublished).]


[Predecessor: 9.Be2 Schaefer - Cornish : Willingen 2003 (1/2-1/2, 83)]

What's this? Is it a waiting move? Does he want to play ...b5? [At any rate, >=9...Ne4 seeking exchanges 10.Bxe7 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Nxe7 and it might be good enough to equalize. Now I get a small plus.]

This stops the ...b5 possibility.

10...0-0 11.h3 Be6
Pete Toth had the same setup in 2005 (Scotch Plains; 1/2-1/2, unpublished) but here I have an extra move in (h3). [11...Bxf3 12.Qxf3 threat: 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Nxd5.]

12.0-0 Bd6 13.Ne2
[13.a3 was an option but I was leery of the P structure resulting from 13...g5 14.Bg3 Bxg3 15.fxg3 ]

Why go to d6 and come back? [>=13...g5 breaking the pin 14.Bg3 Ne4 ]

[>=14.Ne5 Nxe5 15.dxe5 Ne8 16.Bg3 ]

He's getting ready to sac on h3. [The engine likes... get ready for this... 14...Bd6 (!!, ROLF)]


Go ahead, Ted!

Just like Tal... or so my foe wishes. [>=15...Qd8+/- /\ ...Bd6]

16.gxh3 Qxh3 17.Bg3+- Nh5?
The swindling chances end before they begin.

Black's Q is trapped.

Playing on is ridiculous. Black is down a Q+B vs. R+2Ps and he is behind in development. White's pieces, meanwhile, are very well-placed.

19.Kxf1 g6 20.Bd3
g6 is genuinely weak (h3 wasn't) but the tactics can wait.

20...Nxg3+ 21.Nxg3 Kg7 22.Kg2
I don't care about b7 or d5. The K is my target.

22...Rfe8 23.Rg1 Rad8 24.Kf1
[24.Bxa6 was there but we're after the grand prize.]

24...Kh7 25.Nh5
Heading for f4, to point another weapon upon g6.

25...Rd6 26.Nf4 f5?
This doesn't help but the game has been long lost.

Black resigns Time left - Moldovan 13:05, Mann 14:57 Estimated time used - Moldovan 21:25, Mann 19:33 Longest think by White - 5 minutes for 13.Ne2 Longest think by Black - 1 minute (16 times) [27.Nxg6 /\Rxg6 28.Bxf5 Reg8 29.Bxg6+ would have left him minus a full Dame.; 27.Bxf5 /\gxf5 28.Qxf5+ Kh8 29.Qf7 was even stronger.] 1-0